Learning about dyslexia


Making sense of feeling upside down, back to front & inside out  


Many people do not realise that therapists and counsellors can provide much-needed help for those suffering from dyslexia.  If you have been diagnosed with dyslexia or think you may have symptoms of dyslexia, read on.

How dyslexia affects you

Very simply, dyslexia impacts the way that our brain deals with information.  We may not process information as expected and this does not only affect our reading and writing; verbal communication can be processed differently and things such as spelling, comprehension and proofreading can become problematic.

But there is not just one form of dyslexia; it comes in many forms, some worse than others with things such as maths, speech and even memory issues coming to the fore.  Those who have been diagnosed with dyslexia as children can often find themselves with associated problems as they reach adulthood.  These can be many and varied according to the individual but may comprise:

·     Worrying about failure

Feelings of Shame

·         Poor self-image

·         Past problems with bullying

·         Habit of thinking negatively

·         Heightened levels of stress

·         Difficulty managing anger

·         No comprehension of how much time is passing

PTSD may kick in

In addition to all of these, some sufferers of dyslexia may not do well academically so might find themselves wanting to try again as they get older.  This can be hindered if they do not get proper help or access to resources.

Very often numbers will not commit to memory or may become muddled.  Things like birthdays, telephone numbers etc. will just not compute and studying can become incredibly stressful as facts refuse to commit to memory.

Not surprisingly then, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can follow, particularly if there is a history of abuse in its many forms, problems with relationships, stress due to studying or work and even social difficulties.

How can counselling help adults with dyslexia?

If you find yourself struggling due to the effect of dyslexia upon your life, directly or indirectly, then consulting with a counsellor or life coach can help in several ways; negative issues from the past can be taken to task, confronted and rehashed, replacing negative thoughts and behaviours with positive.  Once this is done, new powerful strategies can be put in place for the future to help deal with stress, anger and frustration. Your therapist will also be able to provide you with a range of effective tools and processes to help with studying, goal setting, time management, committing things to memory and generally getting your life back on track.

With or without a diagnosis

Whether you have been assessed and diagnosed with dyslexia or not, it is still a good idea to see a therapist.  They will be able to help you so much; assisting with non-specific learning issues and providing you with a whole range of strategies to help you going forward, not just with learning and study but in your personal and work life.

Contact us today if you would like us to put you in touch with a therapist who specialises in working with dyslexia sufferers.

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